How do I know if group therapy is right for me?
Are you thinking about group therapy, but not sure what to expect? Our therapy groups are led by experienced, licensed clinicians who specialize in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Participants will learn new skills, collaborate with other group members, and find a supportive setting to process issues in an environment that is safe and accepting. Early on, group rules are established to ensure privacy and confidentiality, an environment of support instead of criticism, and collaborative work. Therapy groups are also a way to feel connected while learning and develop greater self-awareness. In fact, many people find that being with others who are going through similar issues is therapeutic itself by alleviating feelings of isolation and loneliness. Being in a therapy group allows members to make positive changes in their life and see new ways forward.
Groups remind us that we are not alone.
How does group therapy work?
Groups can consist of anywhere from 5 to 15 people, and typically last six weeks. They meet once a week or twice a week, and a group therapy session will be 90 minutes to 2 hours long, depending on the group. Members can share at their level of comfort, but just as with individual therapy, group therapy is confidential. Each group is run by a licensed therapist who has expertise on the subject of the group. Some groups focus on a specific mental health issue such as depression, while others are skill-building like social skills groups.
How can group therapy benefit me?
With group therapy you will:
- Gain support and a sounding board
- Feel more hopeful, and less alone
- Learn new ways to see yourself
- Acquire better communication skills
- Obtain healthy coping tools
- Learn new ways to contribute to others
Group therapy has been shown to be as effective as individual therapy in helping clients cope with a myriad of issues. Group therapy members will develop skills to express themselves, improve socialization abilities, and handle feedback. You are not alone, and there is hope.